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surgery in the post-addict patient

Discussion in 'Heroin' started by gabss123, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. gabss123

    gabss123 Member

    Do you have any information on previous drug addicts that have to undergo surgery and face the use of opioids after surgery?
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  2. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @gabss123... The best advice I can give you is to consult with your doctor, anesthesiologist, and perhaps an addiction specialist before surgery. They should be able to address your questions.
  3. gabss123

    gabss123 Member

    Do you know of any experiences where a previous opiate addict received opioids after surgery and did not become addicted again? Do you know of a time(s) when they did become addicted again?
  4. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    @gabss123... I know of a lot of examples of both. Whether or not a former addict can take opioids after surgery without becoming addicted to them depends on the person. Some people can do it; some can't. My son is a former heroin addict and has chose not to use any opioid pain meds after he had four wisdom teeth pulled. That was his decision. He thought it was better to feel a little pain and be safe rather than take a chance. Everybody's situation is different.
  5. mountain girl

    mountain girl Member

    I know a woman who was a very heavy user who has been on suboxone for years. She needed a big surgery and told her docs her history. She had to be off suboxone for a number of days before the surgery so it was out of her system. They gave her pain meds to the least they could so she was not in agony and only for a cpl of days.I had same type and was on dilaudid drip for 3 weeks. It can be done. She has to be strong and honest with the drs. Good luck